Winter enthusiasts are keeping their fingers crossed that cold weather will stick around through the second week of January, when the 53rd annual Langford Park Winter Classic is set to begin.
The four-day event—most of which takes place on Langford Park’s outdoor ice rinks—will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 10, with a Squirt hockey tournament that will include teams from Langford Park, Edgecumbe Recreation Center, City of Lakes in Minneapolis and Prior Lake. A Mini-Mite scramble for first-graders and younger will conclude the Classic on Sunday, Jan. 13, with teams from Langford, Edgcumbe, City of Lakes and Highland taking to the ice.
Hockey isn’t the only game at this St. Anthony Park tradition. A St. Paul Parks and Recreation team basketball tourney will be going on inside the building and families can take part in skating contests throughout the weekend, as well as a treasure hunt and concessions.
The Winter Classic is sponsored by the Langford Park Booster Club, which supports youth sports in St. Anthony Park, and St. Paul Parks and Recreation.